Global Citizenship – Connecting Classrooms

“In today’s globalised society, connecting, collaborating and working together with people in other countries is an increasing part of everyday reality – from business, to leisure and beyond.”

This introduction to Global Citizenship is from the British Council’s eTwinning schools portal 

“Bringing an International Dimension to Childrens’ Education has never been more important if we are to prepare them for life in the 21st century. eTwinning is all about enabling you, your pupils, your class and your school to connect and work with partners online. It is not about creating extra work, but providing a framework for exciting curriculum work with partners in another country. There are many benefits to linking up with another school.”

Click here also to see one definition of Global Citizenship from Oxfam, which a project like this could help support.

The British Council’s  Schools Online site provides support for collaboration between schools and advocates global citizenship for young people worldwide. This site provides a means for teachers to safely and securely find partner schools elsewhere in the world.

It has templates for projects to help get started. These are for various age groups and each has a different focus, whether for history, culture, geography, music, learning English or another language, or many other topics. These templates have downloadable resources and each also has a dedicated online forum for registered teachers to get support from others using the same project. There are teacher toolkits to support teachers in various aspects of any project, including a Guide to Technologies for Teachers. And there are links to how incorporating Global Citizenship into the work of your classroom fits curricular guidelines.

There are also links to many other online tools and resources (such as links to various resources specifically aimed at assemblies which also match to calendar events, such as national days around the world, festivals, celebrations, or international sporting events) all of which help support teachers in connecting classrooms across the globe.

Many teachers who have undertaken projects involving connecting their classroom with other classrooms elsewhere in the world often share how engaged their pupils are with their peers in the partner classrooms, and with the learning around which the collaboration has been built. And in the process many teachers also find an enthusiasm working with global colleagues which sparks development of further projects. So if you haven’t yet connected your classroom globally a good place to start is having a look at the resources at The British Council Schools Online portal.

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